Farm Ireland

Thursday 14 December 2017

Thousands of farmers apply for new €10/ewe sheep scheme in first week

Ciaran Moran

Ciaran Moran

Farmers have until the end of January to apply for the Department of Agriculture’s new €10/ewe sheep scheme.

With application forms sent out to farmers just over one week ago the response has been positive with 3,300 applications submitted to date.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed announced the launch of the new Sheep Welfare Scheme back in December 2016 which provides funding of up to €25 million for Irish sheep farmers in 2017.

The scheme provides support of €10 per ewe to farmers for undertaking actions which make a positive contribution to flock welfare.

Under the scheme farmers will be required to choose actions which can improve the overall welfare of a flock.

These actions will be chosen from a menu from which farmers must choose two actions based on whether the farmer has a lowland flock or hill flock.

These actions must be completed over a 12 month period.

In return the farmer will receive a payment of €10 per breeding ewe, depending on the average number of ewes held on their farm in the years 2014 and 2015.

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Minster Creed has urged all farmers to study the terms and conditions of the scheme carefully and to note that the deadline for applying for the scheme will be the January 31, 2017.

To assist farmers the Department will be running a series of information meetings around the country in January where they can find out all the necessary information on the scheme.

The IFA has said it is very important that the maximum number of sheep farmers apply for the scheme and all of the €25m funding is drawn down and paid out to sheep farmers. €25m provides funding for up to 2.5m ewes.

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